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Slaughter Beach, Petal, Broken Beak and Roya @ Mantua Yacht Club.

January 27, 2015

allatmyc1Text by Tim Mulhern. Images by Jessica Flynn.

Those looking to escape the cold and support a good cause packed the living room of the Mantua Yacht Club Friday night for an acoustic benefit show featuring Roya, Broken Beak, Petal and Slaughter Beach.

Proceeds raised from the show were donated to the Morton McMichael School in Mantua.

Roya kicked off the intimate, entirely unplugged show. Seated on a red couch, she shared a collection of somber, strummed tunes, sung barely above a whisper.

“I have happy songs, I just don’t remember them now,” the singer admitted to the small but attentive audience.

Beau Brynes, who performs under the name Broken Beak, took the couch after Roya. Brynes debuted new material throughout his set and kept the crowd entertained and the mood light with witty banter between songs. Roya, seated in the audience, sang alongside Brynes on the penultimate song. After requesting audience participation on the chorus of his last song, the room filled with even more warmth and music, as most of the crowd happily obliged to sing with him.

Debuting largely new material from Petal’s upcoming album, Kiley Lotz shared a set of charming originals, mixed with covers of Talking Heads and Prince tracks. Many of the songs Lotz performed were played in front of an audience for the first time Friday night.

The show wrapped with a triumphant set from Slaughter Beach. Jake Ewald, guitarist and vocalist for Modern Baseball, released his first EP, Dawg, under the Slaughter Beach name in August of 2014. On Friday, he played his first solo show to an audience of friends and Modern Baseball bandmates. Ewald mixed in a few covers but spent most of his time showcasing brand new Slaughter Beach tracks.

The crowd quickly dispersed, with many leaving to catch other shows happening later that evening.

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